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Defective Drugs and Devices

Standing Up to Manufacturers of Defective Medicine and Devices


There are a lot of medical devices and medicines on the market today. Typically, if your doctor recommends you use it, you do.

Although doctors are usually right, in some cases, they may be suggesting you use a medical remedy that is not doing everything it is supposed to do.

Even before the U.S. government passed official legislation in 1906 establishing what would become the Food and Drug Administration, people recognized the need for regulation of chemicals and devices designed to cure or prevent whatever ails us.

Without regulations, anyone could say anything regarding a drug or device without concern for ramifications. Examples of this are far too prevalent. According to the FDA, in the 1800s, thousands of ”medicines” went unproven, their claims unsubstantiated. The mantra of the era was ”buyer beware.”

Over the years, the FDA has evolved in response to greater need for government oversight. The regulations that exist today are designed to protect the public from irresponsible pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as companies developing defective or unproven medical devices, technology, and equipment.

Medical Devices

The term ”medical device” actually encompasses a broad range of items, far more extensive than you might realize. Some obvious examples include pacemakers, X-ray machines, implants, and ultrasound products. Other more basic examples include tongue depressors, bedpans, and thermometers. In fact, according to the FDA, the term basically refers to anything that is nonchemical and designed to assist in the diagnosis of disease or other medical condition, or that condition’s cure, treatment or prevention.


The FDA defines the term ”drug” as articles:

  • Recognized in the official United States Pharmacopoeia, Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, or National Formulary
  • Intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease
  • Intended to affect the structure or any function of the body (other than food)
  • Intended for use as a component of any articles specified above

Choosing an Attorney Who Is Right for You

Unfortunately, defective medical devices or drugs can have a significant negative impact on your life or the lives of your loved ones.

You may have been wondering if you qualify for monetary compensation due to a surgical procedure that turned out badly. Have you been suffering from pain, weakness, or other complications? Are you feeling discouraged because you haven’t been able to return to work or resume your previous level of daily activity? If so, we may be able to help.

Finding an attorney who is just right for you may seem overwhelming. So many options are available.

However, we believe that our firm stands out among others and that our attorneys can best represent you. In fact, Weitz & Luxenberg is one of the largest personal injury and mass tort plaintiffs’ firms in the country. Our attorneys represent tens of thousands of individuals with proven results in handling complicated medical lawsuits successfully.

In considering your options, be sure to ask the kinds of questions that will serve your needs best, those regarding the firm’s prior experience and philosophy when working with clients. Also, be assured that if you choose Weitz & Luxenberg, we will fight with you and for you every step of the way.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

Recent W&L Results

  • $1 Billion

    W&L's Ellen Relkin, as lead counsel in the NJ Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stem litigation, played a key role in negotiating the more than $1 billion settlement. Most qualifying plaintiffs will receive $300,000 or more.

  • $2.5 Billion

    W&L helped negotiate one of the largest mass tort settlements in recent history. More than 300 W&L clients are part of the settlement. Claimants had recalled DePuy ASR hips implanted and removed prior to August 31, 2013.

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W&L Facts

  • Our largest total settlement amount for one client was more than $10 million. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We settled defective hip device and replacement cases totaling more than $3 billion. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We got more than $10 billion in settlements for dangerous medicines. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We’ve been fighting for your rights for more than 25 years. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We got more than $3 billion in settlements for defective devices. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • Our largest single settlement was for $10 million. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We helped more than 500 clients from Texas. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We helped more than 1,500 clients from New York. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • More than 10,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We earned almost $12 billion for our clients. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • Some clients get multiple settlements. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We settled harmful medication cases totaling more than $10 billion. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We helped clients from all 50 states. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We won a $13.5 million verdict for one of the very first Vioxx trial cases. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • Our team has more than a dozen lawyers. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We helped more than 800 clients from Arizona. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We worked with more than 550 clients with hip replacement problems. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We worked with more than 550 clients harmed by dangerous medicines. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We’ve been helping clients for more than 25 years. Defective Drugs and Devices
  • We helped more than 500 clients from Florida. Defective Drugs and Devices
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How Weitz & Luxenberg Helped Me

  • Barbara Zimmerman ‘s Story

    I'm pleased with the results Weitz & Luxenberg achieved for me in my recently settled case. I was suing a hip-replacement company that tried to act like they did nothing wrong. But the fact is they allowed a defective medical device to go out. That was incredibly wrong. This company needed to learn that their actions were incredibly wrong and that there are consequences to your bad actions.

    - Barbara Zimmerman